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Midsumma Festival Has Begun – OUTthink Update

By | Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQI

Midsumma Festival Has Begun – OUTthink Update Midsumma Festival Now is the perfect time to be in Melbourne as the annual Midsumma Festival has begun. The Midsumma Carnival last Sunday was an excellent opportunity to get out, enjoy the sun, and to take in the diversity that exists within our local LGBTQIA community. It can often be all too easy to forget that the LGBTQIA community is more than just a handful of gay clubs and the immediate circle that we associate with. It’s event likes Midsumma that help to get us out and about and to reconnect with our community. The importance of connection Research has shown the value and importance of connection to our own mental well being. It reminds us that we belong to ‘a tribe’ and that we can find people who understand and empathise with us, worts and all. Without this connection, we can often find mental health issues arising including stress, depression and anxiety, and even addiction. With that in mind, and despite Melbourne’s notoriously unreliable weather, go on and get out there. Connect with our community. Enjoy the sun and get the Vitamin D. OUTthink Update It still is a little way off…

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Maintaining Mental Health and Surviving Christmas

By | Addiction, Anxiety, Counselling, Depression, Habits, Mental Health, Mindful Eating, Mindfulness, Therapy, Weight Management

Maintaining Mental Health and Surviving Christmas As I wrote last year, while Christmas is a time of joy and family for many, it can also be a source of pain, discomfort, and anxiety for others. For those who have lost or have no family, it can be a period of sadness with constant reminders of a ‘family Christmas’ lurking everywhere. For those who suffer from anxiety, it can be an extremely stressful period as they consider if this overload to the senses (or to their wallet) may leave them feeling apprehensive and on edge. Even just as a ritual in itself, Christmas can potentially trigger a lot of uncomfortable feelings for people that they would rather not experience annually. Then you have those people who are trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle. For those who are trying to lose weight or reduce their drinking or stop smoking, Christmas can prove to be a series of obstacles making their end goal just that little bit more challenging. Let’s face it, you would need to be a saint to get through Christmas without at least a handful of moments of self-indulgence. For some people, giving into this temptation may leave them feeling…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 27/8/17

By | Counselling, Grief, Habits, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, LGBTQI, Mental Health, OUTthink, Therapy

Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 27/08/17 Getting Mental Health On The Line is our weekly post that acts as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as counselling skills, Jungian Archetypes philosophy, Reality Therapy, creating morning habits, a look at the psychological impact of the marriage equality postal survey and, lastly, even a bit of Ericksonian work to deal with grief. Counselling Practical Basics By Marc de Bruin Your Amazing Brain – BB4 Thinking differently By Your Amazing Brain 3.0 Information and exploration about the brain and how to use that information in daily life and psychotherapeutic practice. See the whole series and much more at www.richardhill.com.au/ 10 Morning Routine Habits of Successful People By Practical Psychology Jungian Archetypes and Personality By AllCEUs Counseling Education Ericksonian Hypnotic Storytelling: The Farmer: Bedtime Story Which Helps The Grieving Process By Dan Jones Hypnosis This Ericksonian hypnotic bedtime story is about a farmer and his experiences of farming and of having a family. Not only does this bedtime story help you to sleep, but if you need it to with regular…

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OUTthink – Magnus Dean Shares His Experiences With Anxiety

By | Anxiety, LGBTQI, OUTthink, Podcast

OUTthink – Magnus Dean Shares His Experiences With Anxiety When you think of a DJ, quite often the image that comes to mind is the image of ‘complete cool’, having fun behind the decks and controlling the mood of the dancefloor via his choice of tunes. While that perception can often play out in other people’s realities, just like any form of high profile person, they can have insecurities and anxieties as large and overwhelming as anyone else. Magnus Dean is Australian gay DJ royalty. His high energy sets have assured him a place on most big party line-ups and his love of music is obvious from the moment you first start chatting to him. In this OUTthink, he openly shares his struggle with anxiety and even how music has helped to pull him through some of those difficult times. There are few of us who are untouched by anxiety and, in some ways, anxiety serves a valuable purpose. I’ve often used the metaphor of a smoke alarm; when it is functioning properly, the smoke alarm can help bring our attention to danger and offer us an opportunity to deal with the situation appropriately. If the smoke alarm goes off…

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When Is a ‘Workplace Bully’ Not a ‘Workplace Bully’?

By | Mental Health

When Is a ‘Workplace Bully’ Not a ‘Workplace Bully’? Last week, I wrote my blog on what you should do if you feel you’re being bullied in the workplace. I have to say that I’ve been blown away by some of the feedback that I’ve had to the piece, both directly from friends and also on LinkedIn where the article was originally published. One friend of mine had just gone through a very difficult and painful bullying situation in her workplace and, while it has since been resolved, she forwarded the piece to her HR team as she knew how important this topic is. This week’s blog has come from one comment that I received in one of the LinkedIn groups that I do wish to share. I share this because I actually agree with much of what this person writes and it provides an interesting additional point that can only enrich this conversation further. Dawn wrote, “ If you are ‘feeling bullied’, you should confront your colleague and say that their behaviour is offending your dignity at work. It may feel uncomfortable to say but you are being fair, you are giving the ‘bully’ the opportunity to change. Not…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 28/05/17

By | Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Happiness, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Mental Health, Shame, Therapy, Trauma

Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 28/05/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as a look at cognitive distortions, bringing a free online course about dementia to your awareness, a look at the stigma around mental health, a fascinating look at how hypnosis can help with allergies, learn hypnosis basics via the brilliant guys at Uncommon Knowledge (plus a free hypnosis session audio from them on terrorism if the past weeks events have had an impact on you), a look at leadership and higher purpose, getting started with self-actualisation, and finally, a look at how the unconscious helps to create the narrative (and your reality) in consciousness. It’s a MASSIVE week. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. Cognitive Distortions By AllCEUs Counseling Education Dementia – free online course at FutureLearn.com By FutureLearn Sign up now at http://bit.ly/2r4GVQw. ‘Dementia’ is a free online course by the University of Birmingham on FutureLearn.com If…

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Bullying In The Workplace

By | Mental Health

Bullying In The Workplace Mental health in the workplace is something that should be taken seriously. Certainly more seriously than what it often is. There are many industry sectors who seem to believe that aggression, intimidation and blatant verbal abuse are all ‘part of the job’ and that people should learn to just ‘suck it up’. The reality is often different with long-term exposure to these types of environments potentially eroding someone’s self-worth and their belief that they’re capable of even doing the job successfully. In short, if you have someone standing over you, screaming that something is not good enough for long enough, you’re going to start to believe that you, too, are just not good enough. If you’re carrying a shame message from your childhood development that you’re not good enough, not worthy enough, not smart enough, not (fill your own blank in here) enough, then this kind of environment is only going to subconsciously reinforce that belief. Friends, this is just not good enough. And the old saying of ‘if you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem’ is, sadly, very true here. It is such a shame that I find myself writing…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 21/05/17

By | Habits, Happiness, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, Motivation, Self Hypnosis

Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 21/05/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as dealing with feeling overwhelmed, a look at unconscious communication, self-hypnosis, creating a morning routine, getting towards a happier life and lastly, a look at technology and it’s effects on mental health. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed By Jordan Bach Feeling overwhelmed and anxious because you have so much to do? Here’s how to calm down – without giving up. How To Understand Unconscious Communication For Hypnosis – Scott Jansen By Scott Jansen Academy During this private training with Scott Jansen, he reveals some secret tricks to learn how to understand unconscious communication for hypnosis that will allow you the Hypnotist to talk directly to the unconscious mind of your clients, without the use of language patterns or long winded techniques. This turns the student into the master hypnotist overnight….

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OUTthink Now Has a Home On Facebook

By | LGBTQI, OUTthink, Podcast

OUTthink Now Has a Home On Facebook You mean it hasn’t been there all along? I know! Right! So we’ve fixed that and you can now OUTthink has it’s very own page on Facebook along with the Release Hypnosis Facebook page. You now have the option to like one or the other, or both! Each podcast will also be uploaded against the Facebook page to make it easier for you to find. Of course, if you enjoy the podcasts, why not feel free to share the Facebook page with your friends and encourage them to give it a LIKE so they can be informed when each new fortnightly podcast is published. We’ve covered a wide range of topics already since starting in November last year and our commitment is to making the podcast even more diverse and even controversial topics. Having said that, if you have a story that you think is worth sharing and that may help others within the LGBT community, then why not drop me a line so that we can chat further and see if we can get your story out there with OUTthink.

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 19/03/17

By | Anxiety, Confidence, Habits, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, LGBTQI, Mindfulness, NLP, Phobia, PTSD

Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 19/03/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as the infamous rewind technique for phobias with a Dan Jones twist, a Trolls Mindfulness exercise for kids, looking at Persuasion, overcoming challenges for public speaking, hypnosis and PTSD, self-sabotage and PTSD, and lastly, a look at how mental health, sexual health, HIV, and Drugs are all tied together with gay men. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. Overcome a Fear of Needles: Phobia Treatment: Rewind Technique By Dan Jones Hypnosis In this video I guide you through the rewind technique to help you overcome a fear of needles. The process is interactive and quite fast, so you may need to listen a few times to get used to the process and to following the process, and to deciding on what memories to use to de-traumatise. It is usually best to use the first memory (often the cause),…

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